Sonos Playbar review 2019- Works with Alexa
The playbar is the Sonos version of a Soundbar. Soundbars have been replacing traditional “home theaters in a box” for years now. Their convenience level has always been high and is getting even better.
Sonos playbar is a wireless device that has the ability to stream music from virtually any source: from the cloud to local storage devices. It has become a preferred choice for sound lovers and very popular in the audio world. It has a very simple setup but very appealing to people. The Sonos playbar is the newest model among the Sonos products and we will review Sonos playbar so you can decide if this is the right Soundbar for you.
Hardware and Setup
The playbar has an excellent build and is 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 inches ( 85 x 900 x 140mm) in size. It can be properly fitted beneath a flat screen television; both 42 inches and 47 inches TV. Its body is cased with black speaker cloth, a standard volume toggle switch, a mute button, and a LED power-light.
Sonos playbar provides amazing visual contrast and good acoustic imaging whether the playbar is mounted on the wall or lying flat on a TV. It has a powerful accelerometer and CPU inside (800Mhz) that ensures this perfect imaging. This amazing sound equipment will fit in with just about any decor. It is better than any average soundbar.
The old Sonos playbar is structured to sit under or above a wall-mounted television, while the newest Sonos playbar, is made to be beneath the TV. It can provide network audio by having a direct Ethernet connection to the router, allowing the playbar and another sonos kit to connect wirelessly.
Next on this Sonos playbar review, we will look at the sound production. Sonos playbar has three control panels: the leftmost has all the connected Sonos speakers, the middle displays tracks and what’s currently playing on a selected speaker and the right window shows your available audio sources. At the top are the volume, play/pause, and track control. It also has a button for sleep timer, alarm, clearing and saving of playlist button.
The playbar has just one input-the optical in. It works when the TV’s own speakers are mute, then all the consoles and other boxes are connected to the TV using HDMI and then run a single optical cable from the TV to the playbar, removing the need for messy input switching on the speaker, then playbar begins to respond to volume up, volume down and mute commands.
The playbar connection needs a TV that not only has antical audio out, but also the one that passes the audio from other inputs out through the digital connection. It also needs to have the option of muting its internal speakers, in other to produce quality sound.
This Sonos playbar review won’t be complete without talking about the most important aspect of the device. Its sound. The playbar sounds good especially when playing music. It has a versatile speaker with a tight Bass and delivers vocals clearly. Similarly, the playbar usually shines during TV and movie audio playback supplying good simulation. It has a great effect on everything you watch on your television, and it’s one of the best straight speakers you can put your music through.
The playbar stands out as a soundbar, providing a good upgrade over your TV’s speakers and serving as a capable stereo substitute that provides a convenient way to listen to all of your music.
The playbar’s home theater has some unique features, the Night Sound and Speech Enhancement. Night Sound is suitable for late-night TV viewing, it produces a reduced range of the audio through the speakers as the volume is lowered making the louder explosive sounds softened. The speech enhancement makes voices sound richer during TV viewing.
Sonos Playbar Review 2016 vs Sonos Playbar Review 2019
Not a lot has changed over the years with the Sonos playbar, here’s a Sonos playbar review 2016 vs Sonos playbar review 2019 direct comparison. Both the 2016 and 2019 reviews show the Sonos playbar have voice control with Alexa on iPhones and supported devices, a good but not so superb bass system on relatively small drivers and tweeter speakers. It delivers the mid-bass tone flawlessly but struggles with low bass and sub-bass sounds. Both reviews also show that the Sonos app is essential for setting up the system; once setup, the playbar can be controlled by an iPhone or smartphone device. On the hand, it does not have HDMI and 7.1 support yet and it is still a pricey device if you are looking for that piece that delivers. It still does not have DTS surround sound.
This Sonos playbar review shows that the device is an excellent sounding soundbar and well constructed to give a superior user experience. Though it is expensive, its features and reviews makes it worth every buck. The playbar is preferred and highly recommended. It can fit nicely into an existing Sonos audio system, or be the first thing you add to your home from which a rich, easy to use multi-room audio system can organically grow.